King Island Christmas
An oratorio for the musical stage.
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort/Music by David Friedman.
Based on the children’s book from Alaska. The North Star freighter, carrying the village priest, is anchored in the Bering Sea on Christmas eve, on it’s last arctic voyage before the winter ice closes in around King Island. The waves are too high for the villagers to go out and fetch the priest in their walrus skin boats; without him, there will be no Christmas celebration. In a communal effort, the villagers triumphantly carry their oomiak over a mountain to the calmer waters of the lee, and bring the priest ashore. Christmas is celebrated on King Island. King Island Christmas is a heartwarming story about the power of community and the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity.
Winner of Frederick Loewe Award.